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Revel with a CauseLiberal Satire in Postwar America$
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Stephen E. Kercher

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226431642

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226431659.001.0001

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Spontaneous Irony

Spontaneous Irony

The Second City, The Premise, and Early-Sixties Satiric Cabaret and Revue

(p.161) Chapter Five Spontaneous Irony
Revel with a Cause
University of Chicago Press

This chapter investigates improvisational stage performance further, demonstrating how the Second City, the Premise, and several British-based revues deployed spontaneous social criticism to pick at the root causes of the private and public anxieties that young, educated, middle-class Americans experienced in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Keywords:   stage performance, Second City, Premise, revue, social criticism, middle-class Americans, anxieties, irony

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